- Completed at least one year of college or post-high school work experience and minimum age 18 prior to the first day of work.
- Currently certified in CPR (prior to arrival at camp).
- Excellent role model for children. High moral standards, including no alcohol, drugs, smoking, or inappropriate language. Outstanding character and integrity.
- Neat and professional appearance: No tattoos, body piercings, earrings on men, unconventional hair color or style.
- Desire, commitment, and ability to work with young people.
- Enthusiasm for the outdoors and the program Gold Arrow Camp offers.
- Compatibility with camp philosophy and mission.
- Leadership and supervision skills.
- Concern for safety and well-being of others.
- Positive attitude and outlook.
- Ability to communicate and work with children ages 6-14 and provide necessary instruction.
- Ability to seek and accept supervision and guidance.
- Accepting of diversity in religions, ethnicity, culture, and race. Able to treat all campers and staff fairly.
- Willing to take alcohol and/or drug tests on request of employer.
- Agree to a criminal background check.
- Must possess strength and endurance required (at 7000 feet altitude) to maintain constant supervision of campers.
- Ability to observe camper behavior, assess its appropriateness, enforce appropriate safety regulations and emergency procedures, and apply appropriate behavior management techniques as trained by camp.
- Visual and auditory ability to identify and respond to environmental and other hazards related to camp activities. Able to assist campers in an emergency (Fire, evacuation, illness, or injury). Able to follow, observe, and enforce all camp safety regulations.
Counselors who succeed and are happy at Gold Arrow Camp are:
- Fun-loving people who are committed to creating a safe, healthy, and fun experience for children.
- Non-complainers who actively seek solutions rather than dwelling in problems.
- High-energy, enthusiastic team players.
- Honest people who can follow simple, clear rules and expectations.
- Positive people who can help children through times of homesickness, nervousness, and doubt.
- People who are able to put the needs of others ahead of their own.
- People who can build up a sense of confidence in others.
- People who hold strong, clear values and who can communicate those values to others.
- People who make healthy choices about self-care and relationships.
- People who have a desire to help others learn to be their best selves.